Textile Weavers Buy Direct. Guatemalan textiles, straight from our weavers. Guatemalan Textiles can be found in every Village, Pueblo, throughout Guatemala. The technique used for the creation of these amazing textiles by the local weavers is called Back Strap Weaving.
The weavers start with cotton, white, and brown raw cotton, the cotton is hand spun and then dyed using, roots, bark, herbs, and other plant-based products. The dyed cotton is then color set. This prevents the Textiles from running when washed and or fading.
The gateway to Lake Atitlan Panajachel is awash in factory-produced textiles made from industrial cotton and synthetic dyes. Our Guatemalan textiles are straight from the local weavers we support and work with.
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Our feature product in this post is from the Lema Weaving Cooperative in the Village of San Juan on Lake Atitlan. This is a handwoven, tote bag with stunning colors with intrigued detailed finishing work. This Tote Bag took a week to dye, weaver, and finish. Machine washable with colorfast natural dyes.
Maya textiles are the clothing and other textile arts of the Maya peoples, indigenous peoples of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Belize. Women have traditionally created textiles in Maya society, and textiles were a significant form of ancient Maya art and religious beliefs.
In the pre-Columbian era, Mayan women exclusively wove with backstrap looms, that use sticks and straps worn around one’s waist to create tension. After European contact, treadle looms were introduced, although backstrap looms continue to be popular.
Bone picks were used before contact and were unique in that they had different designs for most families and were usually passed on from generation to generation with the elite having the most expensive and beautiful.